Steve Jobs has been speaking behind closed doors to select journalists and explaining some of his reasoning behind exactly why Apple has not added Flash compatibility to the iPad.
While on a trip round the Wall Street Journal offices he offered sound bite after sound bite regarding Flash, noting that the battery performance would be significantly reduced to just 1.5 hours if Flash was on-board – down from the 10 hours he promised in his iPad keynote in January.
According to the WSJ, he also likened Flash to other old-school tech which Apple has ditched, including floppy drives, [...]
Let’s kick off with a quick question: how many active OS X users do you think there are in the world today? 10 million? 15 million? 20 million at a push?
How about 75 million and counting?
Apple’s Phil Schiller dropped that bombshell at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last June and that number’s sure to have soared since then.
Why? Because that 75 million figure includes iPhone and iPod touch users. Pretty soon it’ll include iPad users, too.
The numbers are significant for a couple of reasons: 1. it’s putting Apple’s operating system in front of [...]
Adobe believes that Apple is missing a trick by not supporting Flash on either its popular iPhone or its forthcoming iPad, with the company pointing out that 85 per cent of the top 100 sites use the company’s technology.
The lack of Flash support on Apple’s gadgets has been a major talking point for years, but the announcement of the iPad at the end of January has inevitably drawn the conversation back out into the public arena again.
Adobe is understandably bullish about its product, and keen to push the heavy presence of Flash on the internet.
“From a content perspective, [...]
It’s safe to say that Apple’s given the gaming industry a square kick in the tender regions.
Despite their bluster, dismissing Apple in every way possible, Sony and Nintendo are both clearly concerned by the meteoric rise of iPod touch and iPhone as handheld gaming devices.
Although great games are the driving force behind the success of Apple gaming, low prices have also helped. Most ‘premium’ titles cost six quid or less, and many developers end up in a race to 59p, thereby providing games that’d cost 20 quid on a rival platform for the price of a Kit-Kat.
iSuppli has claimed that the manufacturing cost of Apple’s iPad is $229.35 (just over £146 at current exchange rates).
iSuppli notes that the iPad – set to retail in the US for $499 – costs the company over half of that amount to produce, based on what it calls a “virtual teardown” of the device, which is not yet available to consumers.
£146 Apple tablet PC
Apple’s iPad will go on sale in the US early next month, with the UK set to see the device a little later in the early spring.
The $499 iPad is Apple’s lowest-cost model, with 16 gigabytes of flash memory. [...]
Steve Jobs’ arch-nemesis Bill Gates has criticised the new Apple iPad, claiming that netbooks will still be the mainstream choice for digital touch and reading.
Gates joins the growing army of iPad critics, with many consumers disappointed at the relatively low-spec and limited connectivity available on Apple’s new tablet PC device.
This, combined with the clear fact that Apple was never going to deliver a new computer that would satisfy its fans who were hyped on the pre-release rumour and speculation, has led to a somewhat muted response to the iPad by many.
Netbooks will win out
Apple has released Aperture 3, the latest version of its popular photo editing software which includes face recognition, a range of new slide shows and some interesting library abilities
Apple’s online store went offline yesterday while the new addition was made, sparking rampant speculation about what new product the company was now releasing.
Wired referred to this little game played by the tech community every time Apple updates its website as “one of the high-tech universe’s favorite parlor games.”
When it was revealed that the update was the latest version of Aperture, [...]
Apple’s iPad has already become one of the company’s most divisive products.
Opinions are split on whether Apple’s giant iPod touch points towards the future of personal computing, or whether it’s a superfluous peripheral that’ll soon be filed alongside relative disasters such as the Cube.
Our money’s on the former, but cast aside subjective views on Apple’s latest slice of shiny excitement and questions nonetheless abound.
Depending on what direction Apple ends up pitching iPad (‘standalone computer for the masses’ or ‘advanced peripheral’), [...]
Adobe has spoken out about the lack of Flash support for the Apple iPad, blaming a “lack of corporation” for the reason behind technology not being compatible.
In a blog post, titled Open Access to Content and Applications, Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch commented on the rumours surrounding the Flash-less iPad, explaining: “Ironically, Flash was originally designed for pen computing tablets, about 15 years before that market was ready to take off.
“Flash exists now only due to its finding an alternate route in its use – first filling a niche on the web by [...]
Apple has made a small but significant tweak to the way you use the App Store, adding a web preview option to the service.
As of this week, you can check out an app in your iPhone and iPod browser (and any internet browser) without actually loading up iTunes.
This means you now don’t actually have to go near iTunes to view apps which you want to peruse. Instead you will be redirected to a preview page. Here you have the option to preview within your browser or within iTunes.
That’s right – Apple are actually giving you options!
Name that iTune
To be fair to Apple, it already rolled [...]